After viral dance, Leelamma is all set to make it to the big screen

Leelamma never thought her dance would go viral. Image: screen grab from the viral video

It looks like Leelamma, 64, was always one dance away from fame. Now, all of social media is on fire with the video of Leelamma breaking into a dance to the tune of evergreen Malayalam retro hit ‘Oru Madhurakinavin.' She unleashed her talent at the wedding reception of a relative in Pattambi.

“There was a grand celebration on the wedding eve. The children were all dancing on the stage, and I too wanted to join in. That is when my son urged me to dance as well. He said it would be fun if I danced and after that I could not resist. I went up there. It was my son who picked this song. The old song brought back a lot of dance moves to mind. I didn't hold back, I just went for it with full enthusiasm. I danced, and the children joined me too,” she said.

Little did Leelamma know that her dance would go viral. Thousands of people have viewed it after her son posted the video on social media. Now, Leelamma is incredibly happy and feels very fortunate. She says, "I’ve always enjoyed dancing since my youth, but never really had the chance to learn it formally. However, I’ve always loved dancing. Even when I work at home I feel like dancing. Whenever I hear old songs, I can't help but dance in the kitchen. If there's any celebration, no matter how small, I'll dance without any hesitation.”

Entry to films
Leelamma has three children. Her son Santhosh is a dancer and an artist; while her daughter Mini teaches dance at Angamaly. Another daughter lives abroad. Leelamma lives with Santhosh, his wife, and their two children, in Pallikkara, Ernakulam. “Mom loves to dance. Whenever there’s any celebration, we make sure she dances. We often dance together at home whenever we find time. Sometimes, mom asks me about dance steps, and I teach her a few. However, she always ends up dancing in her own style, which, we all agree, looks better than any style we could teach her. Mom's passion is dance, and we always strive to create opportunities for her. Two film directors have even contacted her, offering roles in their upcoming films, including one with Mohanlal. Right now, we are all very happy,” Santhosh said.

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